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Hicks Confident America Will Pick A Good Next "Idol"

Of the Oakland Press

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Reigning “American Idol” Taylor Hicks is still interested in what’s going on with the show.

He just doesn’t have much time to watch it these days.

“About the time I hit stage is about the time it comes on,” says Hicks, 30, who was the Season 5 winner over Katharine McPhee with a record 63.4 million votes. “When it’s down to the top three or four, I usually get into the show.

“I haven’t picked a winner yet. I’ll let you know.”

Hicks also says the “Idol” faithful should not be worried about Internet campaigns such as Votefortheworst.com, which some devotees fear will result in an unworthy successor to his crowd.

“I think that’s been going on every year, really,” says the grayhaired Alabama-born singer. “I think that ultimately it comes down to the people that love the show and want to see that performer and singer (who wins) do well. They’ll pick the right person.”

Hicks is trying to show that he was the best choice of last season’s “Idol” gang. His self-titled album — which followed two independent releases — debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart in December and has sold about 667,000 copies. The single “Just to Feel That Way” is making inroads at Adult Contemporary radio stations, and he’s in the midst of his first national headlining tour, singing material of all three albums as well as cover songs — including a few by Supertramp, one of his personal favorites.

Hicks also will publish an autobiography, “Heart Full of Soul,” in July.

“A lot of people were wondering what my story was — as opposed to what they hear,” says Hicks. “This is my story in my works, how I got here as an artist and with some inspirational messages that can be applied to everyday life about beating the odds and everything like that.”

Taylor Hicks and the Greyhounds perform 8 p.m. Sunday (April 22nd) at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak. Tickets are $27.50-$53.50. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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